Sunday 18 September 2011 

Sri Lanka Establish Lead Over Australia

Sri Lanka Establish Lead Over Australia
Sri Lanka Establish Lead Over Australia
© REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Australia 315 (Hussey 118, Marsh 81) v
Sri Lanka 428-6 (Mathews 85no, Dilshan 83)
Third Test, Colombo, day three
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Four Sri Lankans scored half-centuries as they established a 113-run lead over Australia at stumps on day three of the third and final Test in Colombo.

Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews all passed 50 but Australia hit back as Sri Lanka closed on 428 for six in reply to 315.

Sangakkara made 79 before he was caught by wicket-keeper Brad Haddin off Peter Siddle while Jayawardene scored 51 before Haddin caught him off Shane Watson.

Captain Dilshan made 83 in 131 balls including 14 fours but he fell to Trent Copeland, giving Haddin his third catch of the innings.

Australia's final victim was Prasanna Jayawardene, who fell for 47 when he was caught by Michael Clarke off Copeland.

Mathews was unbeaten on 85 from 207 balls alongside Shaminda Eranga, on five, at the close of an attritional day's cricket that leaves Sri Lanka in a strong position.

Australia, however, lead the series 1-0 following a 125-run win in Galle and a rain-affected draw in Pallekele.

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